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Defense AWOL in preseason finale
Sharks hold on to beat Ducks in shootout
9/28/13 - By Mike Lee -

Players for both the Sharks and Anaheim Ducks had one last opportunity to tune up and show their respective coaching staffs what they bring to the table in the preseason finales for both squads. San Jose out-scored Anaheim 6-5 in a goalfest that would make the defensive minded squirm. San Jose staked themselves to a 5-2 lead before letting the Ducks fight back in a wild 3rd period.

Rather than a formal game write-up, here are notes of the game:

* Danniel Winnik opened the scoring by tipping a Mark Fistric shot past Antti Niemi 4:46 into the game. The goal came on Anaheim's first shot of the game, after San Jose had outshot the Ducks 7-0 to open the game.

* Logan Couture setup the Sharks first tally at 10:06 with a nifty move in the slot, then Patrick Marleau cleaned things up with the tying goal.

* Anaheim countered just 21 second later when Andrew Cogliano skated up the ice, did a 360 degree spin-o-rama and put the Ducks 3rd shot of the game past Niemi, to put the Ducks up 2-1.

* Joe Pavelski tied the game at 13:58 off a Tyler Kennedy feed, beating Jonas Hiller.

* Kevin Lovejoy plowed Logan Couture from behind, stunning the Sharks winger late in the 1st to setup a power play. San Jose converted when Jason Demers ripped a shot past Hiller for the 3-2 Sharks lead.

* John McCarthy made it a 4-2 Sharks lead 3:13 into the 2nd period by lifting a backhand shot past Hiller for his first goal of the preseason.

* Ryan Getzlaf put the Ducks down two men at 5:15 of the period, following Matt Beleskey to the box. Dan Boyle scored the first of his two goals with a slap shot from the high slot.

* San Jose's defense got sloppy in the 3rd period, allowing the Ducks to cut the lead to a single goal twice in the period. Kyle Palmieri put a wrist shot past Niemi at 6:51, then Dustin Penner followed him 14 seconds later with a tip-in, after Peter Holland put the puck in front of the Sharks crease.

* A Devante Smith-Pelly interference penalty put the Sharks on the power play for the 6th time in the game, and the Sharks made the Ducks pay once again. Boyle lifted a wrist shot 31 seconds after Penner's goal to push the Sharks back to a two-goal lead.

* Saku Koivu slapped a shot past Niemi with 2:47 to play to make it a 6-5 game.

Key Stats:

* Scott Hannan and Jason Demers were on the ice for 4 of the Ducks 5 goals. All 5 were even strength tallies.

* Logan Couture won 7 of 9 faceoffs to lead all skaters in faceoff efficiency.

* Tommy Wingels had a monster game with 3 assists, and led all skaters with 4 hits on the evening.

* San Jose outshot Anaheim 39-18 and out chanced them 2 to 1.

* Andrew Cogliano had a goal and an assist, and was +3.

* San Jose helped their own cause by staying out of the box most of the evening. San Jose had a lone 2 minute minor, which the special teams unit easily killed.

* Anaheim on the other hand was 3 for 6 on the penalty kill. They racked up 22 penalty minutes, which included two fighting majors.



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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 3 2 1 6
ANA 2 0 3 5
1st period - 1, ANA, Winnik 1 (Fistric, Koivu), 4:46. 2, SJ, Marleau 1 (Hannan, Couture), 10:06. 3, ANA, Cogliano 1 (unassisted), 10:27. 4, SJ, Pavelski 1 (Kennedy), 13:58. 5, SJ, Demers 1 (Nieto, Wingels), 17:32, (pp).
2nd period - 6, SJ, McCarthy 1 (Pelech, Vlasic), 3:13. 7, SJ, Boyle 1 (Couture, Wingels), 5:31, (pp).
3rd period - 8, ANA, Palmieri 1 (Fowler, Beauchemin), 6:51. 9, ANA, Penner 1 (Holland, Smith-Pelly), 7:05. 10, SJ, Boyle 2 (Pavelski, Marleau), 7:36, (pp). 11, ANA, Koivu 1 (Winnik, Cogliano), 17:13.
Penalties
1st period - Lovejoy, ANA (boarding), 17:24.
2nd period - Koivu, ANA (hooking), 1:02; Beleskey, ANA (roughing), 3:51; Getzlaf, ANA (cross checking), 5:15; Hamilton, SJ (fighting major), 15:03; Beleskey, ANA (fighting major), 15:03; Beleskey, ANA (interference), 15; 03; Kennedy, SJ (fighting major), 17:28; Maroon, ANA (fighting major), 17:28; Desjardins, SJ (roughing), 20:00.
3rd period - Smith-Pelly, ANA (interference), 7:23.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Niemi 18 13
ANA - Hiller 39 33
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 16 17 6 39
ANA 7 3 8 18
Power Play Conversion
SJ 3 of 6
ANA 0 of 1
3 Stars of the Game
Dan Boyle
Tommy Wingels
Andrew Cogliano
Attendence
15,746
Officials
Referees: Martell, Pochmara. Linesmen: Henderson, Heyer.
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